Architecture - Masters


In this studio we explored Masterplanning for an industrial site in Kawana, Sunshine Coast and turning it into mixed used developments that give back to the local community. Part of the masterplan included a site that is proposed for the 2032 Olympic Basketball Preliminaries which has influenced many of the sites usages within the masterplan. From the masterplan we chose a site to further develop, taking inspiration from the natural surroundings and Sunshine Coast Design Guide. The resulting project, the Coral Green, offers an exciting and innovative design opportunity for a new standard, world-best Olympic Village Hotel and resort style development. The 8 storey building has 2 internal atrium spaces to improve cross flow ventilation, natural light and embrace vertical garden spaces. The rooftop pool & bar will have exclusive and uninterrupted views of Kawana Lake and a Yoga Garden embracing the Eastern morning sun to salute each day.


To find inspiration for the forms and architectural language of the buildings, the natural lines from sand dunes and the organic Kawana Lake. The building forms capture the organic form and shape of the barnacles and soft coral in the area creating a sleek, sculptural and curved architectural envelope with the breezy touch of the natural ventilation from the connecting corridors, inspired by the Queensland Verandah.
image showing design evolution, from a square to organic triangle shapes.


image shows masterplan with building in context with roads and neighbouring buildings surrounding


The development proposal consists of two podium organic shaped buildings, which are linked together with a verandah style interior circulation spaces and beach access boardwalk corridors forming a tower containing 95 exclusive hotel rooms, 630sqm function rooms, 178sqm conference rooms, 768sqm offices, 1,687sqm of retail and waterfront dining nestled in the green corridor.

Each façade is layered with operable screening devices to protect the occupants from the south easterly winds, western sun and an organic canopy structure, providing protection to the outdoor street dining and balconies. The proposed development will embody a spectacular setting in which to holiday and recreate in, as well as a place to stay during the Olympics 2032 Preliminaries.

images of building from street, showing it in context from different stress angles.
images of pool complex in the building, the pool is on the western facade and overlooks Kawana Lake.

To increase the opportunity to see or be seen through passive or “natural’’ surveillance. An example action that can be taken to ensure this: “Design and manage in ways that acknowledge differences in night and day usage, attitudes, accessibility and capacities for surveillance. Ensure lighting is adequate to permit surveillance and not create strong shadows producing dark places.” (Safe City Logan, 2021)

It was discovered during research for the Masterplan that place management encourages legitimate activities creating ambience that deters criminals, further supporting natural surveillance by increasing the amount of users within the space. It has been recorded that actual management and maintenance is also important in showing outsiders that the community cares for the space. One of the many methods of achieving successful management is to “limit vandalism and graffiti by using resistant finishes, systems of quick cleaning, repair or replacement. In the case of damage, implement a system for the prompt cleaning or repair of the infrastructure that is damaged.” (Safe City Logan, 2021)

It has been determined that any feature batten designed for the building will be that of SUPAWOOD ‘Aluclick’ for its click in technology to easily replace and repair battens when they might get damaged. This also meets fire rating standards as the battens are made from aluminum making them non-combustible despite their wooden appearance.(Supawood, 2021)

Sunshine coast design guide


Jennifer Knight

Jennifer is passionate about designing spaces centered around the human experience and interaction for people in all stages of life and diverse needs. She enjoys the process of drawing from the natural local environment and seamlessly incorporating it into the design using raw materials to help solve environmental issues. Making the architecture compliment the site; its history, location and local community. She hopes to continue to grow her knowledge and skills while maintaining her focus on architecture for people and place.